My Definition of Random Crime

Actually, I wouldn’t even use the term, and you’d be hard pressed to find it used in any policing literature. Chapel Hill Police yesterday released a photo of the possible suspect in the murder of Eve Carson. Apparently the young man was spotted by a security camera. He was attempting to use the victim’s bank card at a drive-through ATM.

Chapel Hill Police Chief, Brian Curran yesterday again repeated the assertion that “…it feels like a random crime”. Yes, I get the interpretation that the murder was “random” in the sense that the offender didn’t know the victim. But random implies that the victim and offenders’ points of intersection were wholly unpredictable; that there was no way of preventing this horrible tragedy. Again, I’m not so sure. Take a look at last week’s crime blotter just released in The Chapel Hill News:

“Residential break-ins occurred last week on the 700 block of Bolinwood Drive, the 500 block of Hillsborough Street….”

Put these together with these and you have a gradual progression of break-ins and car thefts that have escalated in the course of the last month in the area where Eve Carson lived and died. This isn’t random, it is a predictable pattern. These types of crimes have been on the rise. I believe it is premature and possibly disingenuous for the Orange County District Attorney to imply anything to the contrary.


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